The claws are out in our concept Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 rumble, but which of the upcoming handsets will emerge victorious?
While the fanboys continue to drool over the latest smartphone releases, behind closed doors in Cupertino, California, and Samsung Town, Seoul, two tech heavyweights are gearing up for an ugly battle: one, a phoenix that has risen from the ashes and grabbed all corners of the electronics industry by the balls, another, a Korean bulldog eager to square up to the mightiest of challengers.
And as we venture deeper into 2012, talk of both devices continues to gather momentum. We've rummaged through the speculation and 'trusted sources' to piece together how both handsets could take shape.
Respected Japanese Apple blog Macotakara has said that it has received word from "Asian sources" who claim that the iPhone 5 will land in September or October 2012 under the moniker of the ‘new iPhone’ which, if true, would fit with last year’s arrival of the Apple iPhone 4S, unveiled by Apple on October 4 and subsequently released on October 14.
"According to Asian reliable source, next iPhone will be released in September or October, and this cycle seems to be kept for years," read a translated portion of the report.
Meanwhile, recent reports have suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S3 release date is set for April 2012.
Despite the ongoing legal battles between the two companies over repeated patent infringements, Samsung looks set to continue its role as a component supplier for Apple’s iKit, with the Korean firm reportedly agreeing to provide the quad-core A6 chips to feature within the iPhone 5.
“Apple has been in talks with Samsung over shipment of its A6 quad-core mobile processor (AP) chips to be used in the next iPhone,” an insider has claimed. They added: “It appears that Apple clearly has concluded that Samsung remains a critical business partner.”
Continuing the Apple iPhone 5 specs rumours, further reports have suggested Apple is to shave millimeters off the form of its next-generation handset thanks to the introduction of a new streamlined Sony camera sensor.
Meanwhile, the latest Samsung Galaxy S3 rumours - which come courtesy of gadget blog Boy Genius Report - suggest that the iPhone 4S rival will land with a 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor and Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
A string of reports have suggested that growing competition and market pressures will see Apple migrate from its current and continually standard 3.5-inch offering to a new plus 4-inch model.
These rumours have been backed up by industry analysts that are convinced Apple will be forced into the screen size overhaul by the likes of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3 and other Android phones.
"It will be particularly interesting to see what the size of the display will be given that it has not changed thus far since the iPhone was launched with a 3.5-inch screen," says industry specialist Daniel Ashdown, from tech analysis company Juniper Research.
"Competitors have increased their devices to up to 4.3". We would be surprised if they [Apple] didn't break from tradition this time and increase the size of the next model."
Further marking the Samsung Galaxy S3 out as the leader of the smartphone market, the latest reports have suggested the handset will sport a 4.8-inch display with a stunning Full HD 1080p resolution and a film-friendly 16:9 aspect ratio.
The 16GB iPhone 4S lines up in retailers with a hefty £499 price tag. Prices continue up all the way to £699 for the 64GB edition.
Ahead of the iPhone 4S successor’s announcement, it is believed that the sixth-gen model will simply replace the iPhone 4s in terms of price points and range of models with any 128GB storage option likely to hit the £799 price mark.
There’s no news on the Samsung Galaxy S3 price as of yet, but we’ll keep you in the loop once we’ve got more info on that front.
It’s a draw for now. While the Galaxy S3 is sure to land packing some serious power and the latest Android OS (otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich), Apple will no doubt have some tricks up its sleeve (what exactly, we’re unsure of however) that will - if the iPhone 4s is anything to go by - give the Galaxy S3 a run for its nicker.
Which of these blowers do you believe will end up stealing the best smartphone crown? Let us know via the comments box below.